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Vol. 8, Issue 10 (2019)

Evaluation of the effect of supplementation of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root powder in the broiler’s ration on gut morphology and bacteriology: A review

Author(s):
Jyotsana, Pradeep Kumar and RS Berwal
Abstract:
The global for poultry production experienced leaps and bounces to accommodate rising demand over past few years. On the other hand, popular demand and scientific interest for organic poultry production, particularly feeding with medicinal botanicals, has increased considerably in recent years. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a well known herb possessing several health benefits. The alkaloids and steroidal lactones (withanolides) are the main constituent found in it. These are responsible for modulating the gut environment of broiler birds which further responsible for better feed digestion and utilization. With use of Ashwagandha in the diet of broiler birds, there is decrease in harmful microflora and increase in beneficial microflora in gut. A positive change was observed in morphometry of gut, which finally lead to better feed utilization and growth performance of broiler birds. The aim of this study was to review research currently being carried out on the Ashwagandha and phytogenics that have been shown to modulate the gut environment, microflora and morphology and special attention is given to the use of herbal plants as poultry feed supplement.
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How to cite this article:
Jyotsana, Pradeep Kumar, RS Berwal. Evaluation of the effect of supplementation of Ashwagandha (<em>Withania somnifera)</em> root powder in the broiler’s ration on gut morphology and bacteriology: A review. Pharma Innovation 2019;8(10):86-89.

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